This topic is for feedback on Mumsnet product tests. If you'd like test a product on Mumsnet please mail insight@mumsnet.com.

NOW CLOSED: Join the review thread for George Foreman Grills - share an idea for what you'd cook on one - you could win your own grill worth £40

(113 Posts)
AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 25-Apr-13 13:55:00

George Foreman Grills recently gave ten Mumsnetters the opportunity to try out a selection of their grills at a demo day in Manchester, where they got to experience the versatility and simplicity of cooking with a George Foreman.
Another ten reviewers were also sent grills to try out.

The four different models used in the demos were:
~ 18603 Grill & Griddle
~ 14525 Grill & Melt with Removable Plates
~ 14181 Grill & Melt

and the extra 10 testers are trying the 19570 Family Grill

Testers: This thread is for you to share your experience with the George Foreman grills, and to start you off we would love to know:

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future?

2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far?

3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it?

4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day? How has the grill helped with this?

5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time?

6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good?

7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used?

And if you attended the George Foreman demo day, please also answer:

~ What was your perception of George Foreman Grills prior to the demo day?
~ How did your perception change from what you experienced on the demo day?
~ What did you most enjoy about the day?

If you're not an official tester, but would like the chance to win a new George Foreman Grill (RRP: £40) then all you have to do is - on this thread - please share your ideas for a quick and easy meal which you could create with one. Once you've commented you'll be automatically entered into the draw to win a George Foreman Family Grill & Melt with Removable Plate.

Thanks and good luck!
MNHQ

johnworf Thu 25-Apr-13 14:54:11

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future?

We learnt to cook easy apple bites, spring rolls, salmon in dijon mustard/yoghurt sauce, pancakes, pitta bites plus lots more I've forgotten (not cheating and looking at my recipe cards) smile

I've started experimenting already but I'd love to cook more healthy quick meals that all the family can enjoy. Already eyed up the GF recipe book.

2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far?

I think we covered all the features on the presentation day. The best feature so far on my grill is the fact that both grill and griddle operate independently of each other and, they are both thermostatically controlled so I can cook at different temperatures on each side.

3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it?

I'm using it everyday already! I'm starting to think about life pre-George and how I used to cook.

4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day? How has the grill helped with this?

I used to cook only the evening meal when I got in from work and I still do this but it takes less time and probably less electricity.

The cooking time on the grill is a fraction of the time using the hob/oven plus, I can usually incorporate most of the ingredients onto the grill saving not only time, but washing up.

I've now got time to make the children pancakes from scratch in the morning for breakfast. They are thrilled!

5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time?

Both are very important to me but at the moment I'm trying to lose weight as I'm diabetic. I've been cooking a lot of eggs on the griddle as I do not need to add oil. It's amazing.

6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good?

Family are very impressed with it so far. My biggest success has been the chicken nuggets I made for the children (I made a big batch and froze some and the children ate what was left). My pancakes stuck the first time I used them on the griddle but I think this might be because the machine hadn't been used before. They've been fine subsequently.

7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used?

The best for me is that you don't need to use any fat/oil to cook your food. If there is fat on what you're cooking, in particular bacon, you can see it run off into the drip bowl (and I think great, that's not going onto my stomach as fat).

And if you attended the George Foreman demo day, please also answer:

~ What was your perception of George Foreman Grills prior to the demo day?

I already had a GF grill albeit an old one so I had a basic understanding of how they worked. I thought they were useful but limited in their uses.

~ How did your perception change from what you experienced on the demo day?

I couldn't believe just how versatile the grill was and all the recipes we tried were brilliant.

~ What did you most enjoy about the day?

Everything! The presentation team were fab, the information was very good and the demonstrations were all informative, friendly and non-fussy. Great seeing so many MNetters in real life too (v friendly bunch and not one viper).

gazzalw Thu 25-Apr-13 15:11:29

Non tester here but a scrummy evening treat: banana and chocolate spread in Vogel bread toasted - with a cup of hot chocolate - guaranteed to add the perfect ending to a day!

johnworf Thu 25-Apr-13 15:19:24

gazzalw I've done cheese on toast and also, ahem, nutella on toast on the grill part. V addictive!

PeachActiviaMinge Thu 25-Apr-13 15:20:05

Non tester but how about flattened chicken breast rolled around spinach and chilli cheese then brushed with cajun seasoning and a little oil

make a cheese sandvich with anything(pickle sweet corn onion etc) and grill we call ours level crossing sandwiches and serve with tomato soup

Ooh I've never used one of these. I'm a vegetarian and have tended to assume that they are mostly for meat. But my sister made me a fantastic veggie burger on one:

- halloumi
- a big mushroom
- some chunks of red onion

Cooked in the grill and then put into a soft roll with salad and chilli sauce. Gorgeous.

sharond101 Thu 25-Apr-13 21:49:22

Non tester recipe idea. Slice a ciabatta roll in half and toast both halves on silced side until it gets charred marks , set aside. Quarter a red pepper and char skin side down until blackened. Peel skin from pepper. Now grill a sliced chicken breast you have left marinading in 1tbsp honey mixed with 1tsp wholegrain mustard. Remove when cooked through. Spoon some coleslaw onto ciabatta then place pepper on top and chicken on top of that. Top with other half of ciabatta roll and enjoy.

WildThongsHeartString Fri 26-Apr-13 18:23:58

Non reviewer here.

My dsis does have a GF grill envy
Her top recipe can be adapted for vegetarians (use slices of aubergine instead of the meat)
2 slices per person of thin slice meat escalope eg turkey/pork/sandwich steak. Any nice grilling cheese in the middle of the meat slices, sprinkle of italian herbs on the cheese. Sandwich up the cheese between the meats and grill til oozing. Yummy with baked potato or buttered pasta.

ohforfoxsake Fri 26-Apr-13 19:04:04

Just marking my place - am going to do tasks and feedback tomorrow.

Have eaten a lot of cheese toasties this week.

FadBook Fri 26-Apr-13 22:20:50

Marking place as I received my Family Grill today. We have cooked tea on it tonight and it was quick to do (bit of chicken breast and peppers) but need to cook some other things before reviewing

25042013 Sat 27-Apr-13 12:50:56

So far I've done toasties in mine, and crumpets, fish fingers from frozen, bacon, sausages, halloumi cheese, all cooked really well. Am away from Mon - Fri next week but I'll do more and more - loving it!

FizzySmiles Sat 27-Apr-13 19:33:03

I love to make toasted sandwiches with skinless sausages and cheese. Add the ketchup for the finishing touch.

Also Discovery jalepeno wraps with cheese and toasted in the George Foreman is just perfect and very addcitive. The pack is finished before you know it.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Sun 28-Apr-13 08:34:52

not a tester but I would cook yummy lamb kebabs with peppers and onion on skewers, flour tortillas sandwiched with jalepenos and cheese and grilled, pannini rolls with bacon, mushroom and cheese mmmmmm mouth watering

Houseinmerseyside Sun 28-Apr-13 08:37:38

I love my George foreman but had to ditch it and get a new one after cooking salmon on it. I never could get it to stop stinking the house out while eating up after that!

Clawdy Sun 28-Apr-13 13:50:57

Not a tester but used to have a much-loved GF grill. I would cook sliced aubergine,green pepper,portobello mushrooms and thinly sliced butternut squash. Delicious piled onto crusty buttered bread.

SamraLee Sun 28-Apr-13 15:25:52

non-tester.

I would love to cook a simple hamburger or bbq chicken. Ahh I miss having BBQ'd food.

Take a chicken breast (pork loin chops work well too, but can dry out a bit), cook until almost done then slather both sides generously with BBQ sauce and continue grilling until a slight glaze forms. Heaven. Serve with corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw, various other cold salads and you have a lovely summer meal straight from my childhood 'get togethers'.

Non-tester but used to have a GF.
Loved it for grilling chicken breast pieces whilst the stir fry veg was cooking, chuck together with some sauce and its on the table in 7ish minutes.
Also came in handy when BBQs were rained off smile

Tee2072 Sun 28-Apr-13 17:29:37

Non-tester.

I had a GF grill ages ago, at least 10 years as I was living in the US.

I used to love making chicken on it, with a bit of BBQ sauce. So quick and clean up was a snap yet tasted like it was done outside.

BrittaPie Sun 28-Apr-13 21:05:47

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future?

Learned all sorts - I can't even remember what (without getting out the recipe cards) but the main thing I learned was the general principle - essentially that it is worth trying almost anything on it...

2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far?

I'm loving how easy it is to clean - as soon as I take the food off, I just get a really wet sponge and wipe it down. It I have been cooking something really sticky I might need to wet the sponge two or three times (because obviously the heat dries it) but it never takes more than a couple of minutes.

3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it?

I've used it every day, several times a day, since I got it. So not sure it is even possible to use it more...

4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day? How has the grill helped with this?

TBH, I am probably spending very slightly longer, but it is because it is making cooking "proper food" achievable - before I got it I was just shoving stuff in the microwave because I couldn't be bothered.

5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time?

Quick preparation time, definitely.

6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good?

We have invented "fish wobbles", which are essentially fish fingers, but cut inexpertly. My 6yo and 3yo DDs love helping, and it means they are eating actual proper fresh fish, not to mention handling it and trying different types of fish to compare.

Not so good was probably heating some shop bought crumpets - they came out soggy, but I think I should have used the "melt" function really.

7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used?

Quick cooking and cleaning. A huge plus when you are as disorganised as me.

And if you attended the George Foreman demo day, please also answer:

~ What was your perception of George Foreman Grills prior to the demo day?

I thought they were basically a hard to clean way to cook sausages and that was it.

~ How did your perception change from what you experienced on the demo day?

I saw that I could cook all sorts of random stuff :-)

~ What did you most enjoy about the day?

It was really good fun chatting about grills (I know, weird) and I got to eat loads of stuff. Which is basically the way to my heart.

BrittaPie Sun 28-Apr-13 21:10:47

Want to know the recipe for fish wobbles?

1. Buy a lump of fish. Basically anything - we liked haddock.

2. Grill some bread in the george. Prop up like a tent to get all crispy. Crumble. (children can do this bit)

3. Chop the fish (use scissors or a sharp knife) into vaguely finger like shapes

4. Put flour (and herbs if you want) on one plate, whisked egg in a bowl and breadcrumbs on another plate.

5. Get children to dip fish in flour, then egg, then crumbs. It doesn't have to be perfect.

6. Whack on the george. Takes 3-7 minutes to cook, depending on the thickness of the fish.

7. Wipe george down, then whack some veg on there.

8. Serve.

9. Yum.

(remember to air your kitchen or it will stink of fish)

BrittaPie Sun 28-Apr-13 21:13:59

Oh, and pepperoni pizza pitta pockets!

Basically, get pitta bread and give it to children. Encourage them to fill it with tomato puree, mozzerella, pepperoni, cheddar and any other random bits of nibbly shite you have hanging about.

Put in George.

Eat.

(I basically make my children make their own tea, I just do the hot or sharp bits. They need to pull their weight, the youngest is three, does she think this is a hotel???) grin

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 29-Apr-13 11:45:16

lovin' the details brittapie and getting the kids involved....very wholesome wink

VeganCow Mon 29-Apr-13 12:08:32

Hot Hummous Wrap (vegetarian):

Fill a wrap with Hummous, peppers, red onion, spinach

Grill for couples minutes in the George Foreman.

HamletsSister Mon 29-Apr-13 12:47:43

Kebabs - buy sticks - get children to cut up lots and lots of bits of veg, meat etc. Skewer onto sticks in some kind of interesting order and then stick in the grill. You can do fruit ones as well and some fruit is surprisingly delicious when warmed and toasted. Serve the savoury one with a yoghurt and mint dip with salad. The sweet one is just asking to be dipped in chocolate or with vanilla ice cream.

WeAreEternal Mon 29-Apr-13 13:04:16

Not a tester but I used to have a much loved GF grill.

My favourite recipe was salt and pepper crusted tofu, I still love it but it isn't the same cooked in a pan.

DPs favourite was always teriyaki beef kebabs.
Chunks of beef maranaided in soy sauce, garlic, ginger and honey then skewered with mushrooms red peppers and red onion.
DP could live on them.

DS loved home made fish fingers and chunky chips, which could both be cooked on the GF grill together. It was super easy and such a great meal.

Steffanoid Mon 29-Apr-13 13:11:02

Non-tester, been having a read through some of the things you guys have been cooking on your grills - there's so much variety I thought it'd just be things like sausages or chops that you did on there!

Belmo Mon 29-Apr-13 13:14:15

Not a tester but my old flat mate had a George foreman and I loved it, the only way to cook salmon I reckon. Recipe:
Marinade salmon in soy sauce and garlic for a bit, then bung it on the grill.
Stir fry veg and noodles, stir through wee packet of sauce.
Put salmon on top, and yum.
I'm a hopeless cook but even I can manage that and it's lovely!

dahville Mon 29-Apr-13 13:30:18

It would have to be grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches. I love using brie but can't at the mo as I am pregant; I'd have to settle for some swiss cheese, heritage tomatoes, & a grainy bread.

CheeryCherry Mon 29-Apr-13 13:52:32

Non tester here.... I would do a brie, cranberry sauce and lettuce ciabatta toasted sandwich. Delicious!

LegoAcupuncture Mon 29-Apr-13 14:15:50

Not a tester but would make the following:

Corned beef and onion toasties
Chicken stuffed with soft cheese, wrapped in bacon
Chilli chicken and courgette kebabs
Cod and parsley parcels

lagoonhaze Mon 29-Apr-13 14:28:08

Pork or chicken on grill. Salad and crusty roll or new potatoes steamed.

RedKites Mon 29-Apr-13 16:54:04

Non-tester, but I would like to try making quesadillas on one. Take a flour tortilla, spread over some tomato puree and grate cheese over half. Add some chopped up ham/cooked chicken, fold the tortilla in half and grill.

ClaraOswinOswald Mon 29-Apr-13 17:00:11

Non-tester.

I would like to do a mixed Mediterranean vegetable platter- sliced aubergine, courgette, mushrooms, onion, tomatoes grilled then topped with melted brie, served with crusty bread, salad, olives and wine.

Fish or chicken could be added for people like DH who have to have a meat/fish option or he doesn't consider it a proper meal.

I have also seen a George Foreman used to do frankfurters and crispy onions for the hotdogs at a BBQ to ensure the kids were fed quickly so everyone could relax.

BadMissM Mon 29-Apr-13 17:21:21

Non-tester

Grill peppers and tomatoes, can also use mushrooms on the grill. Grill some pitta breads (in grill or in toaster) Split them, put in peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, add mayonaise!

Tuna steaks, tomatoes, chilli flakes..... (can put in foil in grill), these make fish parcels.... or tuna, spring onions/leek cut in strips, cream.....

All very yummy!

Doogle2 Mon 29-Apr-13 18:16:16

Non tester receive idea.

Grill pork chops/loins. When the are just about cooked add some apple sauce then mozzarella on the top. Delicious! smile

MissRee Mon 29-Apr-13 18:22:08

We're currently doing the 5:2 duet so a GF grill would be a great quick and easy way to cook the chicken breast to go with our salad on fast days!

For something savoury I'd grill some fish or prawns with veggies such as mushrooms and asparagus.

What I'd really be interested in trying is sweet toasties - bread or brioche filled with strawberries/bananas with some chunks of chocolate or maybe apple, sultanas & cinnamon.

supergreenuk Mon 29-Apr-13 20:51:38

Non tester.
Sounds like it would be good for making quesadillas so that's my meal suggestion. As I love Mexican maybe all the fajita stuff like chicken, peppers and onions can go in there. Sounds like it would be less messy and much quicker. grin

supergreenuk Mon 29-Apr-13 20:57:02

Oh what about calzone. Can you do those on there. There is another then. Make pizza dough. Stuff it with tomato, cheese, meat balls, pepperoni then fold and cook. Never made one but love prezzo ones.

ohforfoxsake Mon 29-Apr-13 21:42:19

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future?

Pancakes - made with butternut squash! I am making them for one of the videos, with crispy bacon and maple syrup. All done on my grill for 10.

2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far? I really like the griddle part of my grill. We discovered on the day that you can't fry an egg on the grill (the demonstrator tried), but you can on the griddle. Ace for doing a full english - which I will be doing when I take it away camping.

3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it?

I used it twice today, DS2 (10) made his pre-cricket snack of stuffed pittas on it. I make quite a lot of toasted sandwiches. Its quick.

4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day?

How has the grill helped with this? Between 30 - 60 minutes. I plan what I'm cooking and when - depending on when they have to eat inbetween activities. It really helped today when I hadn't started cooking in time for DS2 to eat before cricket, so we got some pitta breads and he stuffed and grilled them.

5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time? Healthy eating.

6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good? I haven't created any meals as such. Mainly because I haven't got my head around it. I need to get used to it (I usually use an Aga so I tend to put it in and leave it, although its much like cooking on the lids)

7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used?

The speed in which it cooks - I will definitely use it more in the future.

And if you attended the George Foreman demo day, please also answer:

~ What was your perception of George Foreman Grills prior to the demo day?
I have an old one, but stopped using it as it was too small. I'm pleased with this one as I can do breakfast/snacks for everyone.

~ How did your perception change from what you experienced on the demo day?
I was impressed. The food was tasty - lots of favourites, inside out burgers, chicken fingers - things I'd make but would take longer. If I could find where I put those recipe cards, I'd make more.

~ What did you most enjoy about the day?
It was good fun, we were well fed, the demonstrator was lovely - very funny and entertaining, lovely to see some familiar MNers and meet some new ones - but most of all, meeting my long term MN buddy in RL!

jennywren123 Mon 29-Apr-13 23:40:03

Idea for a quick and easy meal - Flatten a chicken breast between two bits of cling film. Sprinkle with cajun spices and cook in the grill. Fill the gaps with chunks of Mediterranean vegetables - courgettes/peppers/onions.

Yum yum!

firawla Tue 30-Apr-13 00:24:32

non tester - first thing i would think of with these is grilling chicken, but could also do loads of vegs, halloumi, falafel. and make into wraps or a salad

cornyderpy Tue 30-Apr-13 07:19:09

non reviewer here
my GF grill has just broken and I really miss it! Sausages just aren't the same cooked any other way.
I used to do omelette on mine! Good way of cooking it with no fat. Cook the bacon first, chop it up, throw on some onions and then the egg. You've got to watch that the egg doesn't go down the back though,
It doesn't look brilliant once it's done, but it tastes lovely.

Huffpot Tue 30-Apr-13 09:35:04

Would love to try making pancakes on it smile

aristocat Tue 30-Apr-13 09:40:09

Non-tester here

I would make Calypso Chicken. Simply make a marinade with oil/hot pepper sauce/garlic/paprika/fresh coriander/salt & pepper. Slash your chicken breasts and marinade for at least a few hrs. smile Serve with rice, salad, coleslaw .....

Or make Tandoori Kebabs. Again you need a marinade for the chicken, this time it is plain yoghurt, onion, chillies, garlic, ginger & garam masala. Blitz and sieve the ingredients, add chicken and leave for 24hrs in fridge.
Make up skewers with chicken and different veggies (courgette/tomato/onion/peppers) Yummy!

MoogDroog Tue 30-Apr-13 10:44:22

Not a tester, but I'd love one!

I'm vegetarian, so I'd cook slices of aubergine, halloumi, butternut squash, asparagus. Basically, all the things I'd love to cook on a BBQ, that we never have the weather for.

Or, I wonder how it would handle MoogDroog's patented Halloumi and Beetroot burger? grin

fuzzpig Tue 30-Apr-13 11:06:48

Non tester here - We used to have a GFG but the coating wore off for some reason. I am lusting after a new one envy cooking for me is a struggle at the moment and I really loved using the GFG as it is so simple.

I also got rather addicted to just watching how much fat comes out of food - a morbid curiosity!

One thing it did really nicely is Mediterranean veg - slice things like baby aubergine and courgette lengthways and just stick it in the GFG - comes out looking really fancy like you'd get in a restaurant.

Recipe Idea - inside-out cheeseburgers
Use mince to make burger patties but squish them so they are about half the thickness and therefore wider. In the middle, place some grated cheese. You can also put really finely chopped veg, garlic, herbs, whatever really! (feta and spring onion is particularly nice) Then fold over the edges of the mince patty and squish it until there's no gaps, so the cheese is inside. Put in the GFG until the meat is cooked, when you cut/bite into the burger all the cheesy yumminess oozes out. Kind of like a chicken kiev. smile

fuzzpig Tue 30-Apr-13 11:32:10

Wow just read the whole thread and it is very inspiring. When I did have the GFG I clearly wasn't making the most of it!

I would also like to try doing French toast on it - serve with bananas, berries or cinnamon sugar.

Ooh, and brioche with marshmallow fluff and Nutella in the middle - I make these but with malted milk biscuits instead of brioche - not sure how biscuits would fare on the GFG though?

Also you can do tortilla parcels, just use a bit of butter to stick the edges down before putting them in (I found they came apart otherwise)

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future?

I've learnt to cook marinaded meat which I didn't know you could do as I thought it would be too messy.

2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far?

The best feature was the independent heat between grill and griddle. It's very simple so there isn't really anything to ask about it's features.

3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it?

I've used it about every other day. I don't think I would use it more as sometimes I like to do different types of dish. I don't think I could cook a cottage pie or curry on it. grin

Oops. I'll finish in a second. blush Posted by mistake.

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future?
Salmon is really quick and easy on the George, a few minutes where it used to be half an hour in the oven.
2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far?
I got the family grill, it's pretty simple and self explanatory really. I like how quickly it heats up, and that it has a floating back hinge.
3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it?
I'm using it 3 or 4 times a week, I'd use it more if it had 2 sections so I could keep one side dairy free for DS.
4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day? How has the grill helped with this?
On average I spend about 20 minutes cooking, it's still about that, but I now start cooking the carbs before prepping the meat, where before it was the other way round.
5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time?
both, I quite enjoy going into the garden in the late summer and picking dinner ingredients from the raised beds. Quick and healthy!
6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good?
Salmon went down very well, I grilled the salmon while cooking rice and frying off onions and other veg, then put chunks of salmon in with the veg and added thai green curry paste and coconut milk. Yummy, and a lot faster and easier than using the oven.
7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used?
I like that it squishes and grills ciabatta rolls so they look all professional.

4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day? How has the grill helped with this?

About an hour on average. The grill cut that time drastically on the days I used it. About 20 minutes and most of that was prepping time.

5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time?

Healthy eating.

6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good?

My dcs have loved it. Especially the fruit and veg. Ds1 (17) loved bacon on it as it's so quick.

7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used?

Definitely how easy it is to clean. That has been the biggest time saver for me.

~ What was your perception of George Foreman Grills prior to the demo day?

That it was just a bit of an indoor BBQ.

~ How did your perception change from what you experienced on the demo day?

That it is much more versatile than I thought.

~ What did you most enjoy about the day?

I loved meeting the other mnetters and seeing the ones I already knew. Our demo lady was funny and informative. In fact she was great.

Babycarmen Wed 01-May-13 13:15:45

I would love one in time for summer to do healthy grilled chicken salad dishes for the whole family! Grilled fruit kebabs are great for kids too.

katiewalters Wed 01-May-13 15:41:45

Chicken Quesadillas
we either boil a chicken breast on the stove or grill it. Then we cut the chicken into small pieces and place them, along with shredded Mexican cheese, in between two tortilla shells.

Place the quesadilla on the grill until the cheese melts. Although you can only grill one quesadilla at a time, it usually takes less than a minute if the grill is preheated.

For a vegetarian option, try just cheese or add a little pico de gallo.

JS06 Wed 01-May-13 16:43:35

Cut some sliced medallions from a pork loin, season and stick on grill. At the same time fry off some chopped spring onions in a pan, when they're soft, add grainy mustard and a dollop of cream cheese and some veg/chicken stock to make a tasty sauce. Add a splash of cream if you have any. Serve with boiled rice and some chargrilled asparagus which you can cook on the grill while the pork is resting for a few minutes. Delicious!

TheTempest Wed 01-May-13 17:32:00

Non tester here;
Grilled toasted sandwich with onions, frankfurters, and ups to sauce, less mess and gaff that a toaster maker and not soggy.

<Domestic goddess speaking obviously!>

ohforfoxsake Wed 01-May-13 17:54:55

I butterflied a chicken breast, brushed it with BBQ sauce and grilled it. It took no time and was lush smile

Today I made an omelette on the griddle side and grilled mushrooms and left over gammon on the other side.

I am going to do the pancakes for the filming bit of the test. It's taken me a while to get into using it. I still havent done a full dinner on it because I just don't cook like that, and tend to opt for slow cooked, one pot options that can be dished up at different times depending on who is where. I am going to do inside out burgers and veggie kebabs this weekend.

It is great for getting the kids to cook on.

eteo Wed 01-May-13 21:21:03

we have a mini george foreman grills. they are great. i use a bacon to wrap up a chicken breast meat to grills. add just salt and pepper, mixed herbs.

Littleorangetree Thu 02-May-13 11:52:45

Tandoori chicken breasts (4 servings)

Mix together a small pot of natural yoghurt, 1 tsp oil, 1 tsp pureed garlic, 1 tsp purred ginger, 2 tsp tandoori spice mix, 1 tbsp lemon juice and salt and pepper.

Use this mixture to marinade chicken breasts. Cook on the grill. Or cube the meat and put onto skewers for grilling. Yum!

LackaDAISYcal Thu 02-May-13 13:23:21

Aw foxy smile ditto my lovely

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future?

I learnt that you could cook spring rolls and pastries on it! Who knew!

2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far?

Mine is fairly simple and self explanatory, so nothing much to learn about it, it is what it is! I have the one with the magic foot, which is great for veg (and round things) as they don't slide down like they do on a regular sloping one. this has been the best feature of it so far!

3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it?

If it was less smoky I would use it more. I've made burgers on it twice and set the smoke alarm off both times hmm I'm doing burgers again tomorrow so will put it directly under the extractor fan on the hob and see if that helps. I'm using it two or three times a week.

4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day? How has the grill helped with this?

I usually spend about half an hour to an hour on average more at the weekends. Although when I work evenings, it can be as little as the time it takes for some pasta to boil. The grill has helped as I can cook pre-prepared homemade chicken nuggets in minutes, and served with pitta bread and salad is a much more balanced meal than pasta and jar of sauce!

5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time?

Both are equal really, though I am prepared to sacrifice healthy eating for speed on occasion, like a bought pizza instead of making my own

6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good?

The kids have loved everything so far; sausage kebabs, chicken kebabs, cheese-in-burgers, marinated lamb chops; all have gone down a treat. We did some fruit kebabs as well and though they were a bit ewww at the concept, when they were done, dusted with icing sugar and dipped in honeyed greek yogurt, they soon came round! I've not done anything that wasn't successful yet, though not sure about them liking the pancakes which I've yet to try.

7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used?

The best feature is the novelty factor at the moment, as we are making things that are a bit different. It's got us out of a real food rut and my youngest who prefers to live on a diet of buttered pasta is getting a little bit more adventurous and trying new things

And if you attended the George Foreman demo day, please also answer:

~ What was your perception of George Foreman Grills prior to the demo day?

Perception before the demo was of something to grill meat on that was healthier than normal cooking methods

~ How did your perception change from what you experienced on the demo day?

I learnt that it's not just for chops and bacon, and that pretty much anything can be cooked on a George!

~ What did you most enjoy about the day?

I loved the demo; fast paced and funny. The demonstrator, Emma? <rubbish with names>, was really nice and got everyone involved. The best bit? Apart from finally meeting ohforfoxsake, was sitting and chatting, meeting some familiar names and being fed a constant stream of goodies for a couple of hours.
I liked cooking our own lunch too; I though lunch will be provided would mean some sandwiches and crisps! George lunch was much much better.
And I loved the fact that most things cooked were gluten free smile

the only negative thing I have to say about it is that a variable temperature control would be a fantastic addition to any George as it might save my smoke alarm batteries grin

LackaDAISYcal Thu 02-May-13 13:28:39

I wish I'd opted for the griddle one now envy

Oh, and another teensy weensy little criticism blush. Mine is meant to be five portion, but I've struggled to get more than three on at a time of, say, Quarter pound burgers or average portions of salmon/chicken. And as it's recommended to butterfly chicken breasts before cooking, only two fit on at a time. Three average or four small portions would be more apt.

Jins Thu 02-May-13 13:32:09

Testing the Family Grill

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future?
Salmon fillets! Absolutely inspired. I'd like to expand my use of the grill and try some marinaded recipes and will be testing a few from the book

2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far?
The family grill is straightforward and uncomplicated. The best feature has to be the way the lid adjusts to different thickness completely unobtrusively

3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it?
I'm using it a couple of times a week. DS2 (15yo) on the other hand has used it at least twice a day since it arrived smile

4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day? How has the grill helped with this?
Cooking times really vary and it depends on how I'm feeling. I'm trying to use the electric oven and grill less as an economy measure and the GF grill has helped with that. It reaches cooking temperature much quicker than my grill which has to help

5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time?
Healthy eating for sure. (However I don't buy into the "fat-bad" mantra)

6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good?
Fish has gone down as well as fish usually does. I loved it though. Homemade burgers were a resounding success. I wasn't so keen on the bacon but DS2 loved it and toasties have been a success all round

7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used?
I have two. The speed at which it heats up and cooks and the ease of cleaning

I received mine fairly late and haven't had an opportunity to try many recipes or 'different' things yet. I'm taking it away with us this weekend and will add any further comments if I have any.

TheSecondComing Thu 02-May-13 13:36:52

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

majjsu Thu 02-May-13 18:07:57

Non tester, love making quesadillas with tortillas, cheese and other finely chopped veg ie spring onions, tomatoes, avocado...

melliebobs Thu 02-May-13 20:00:43

I tested the 19570 Family Grill

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future? The only thing I learnt to make with this grill was the Asian chicken burgers that were in the recipe section of the manual. Otherwise I made things i already make anyway, toasties, quesadillas, sausages, bacon and attempted a panini style thing

2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far? to be honest the family grill is seriously lacking in features. There are some features I think it really needs to add!

3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it? For this product test i've used it 4 times in just short of a week. But i wouldn't say that's normal and the more the weeks go on i'd probably use it less because i don't do that much grilling. But it will get dug out for burgers etc just because it's easier to clean than the grill pan

4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day? How has the grill helped with this? On a typical day i spend about 30-60 minutes cooking. The grill hasn't really reduced that as it's very small for 'family size' so had to faff cooking in 2 batches and keeping things under the grill to stay warm, and also i still have sides to the main meal to cook anyway. I don't see it as a time saving device

5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time? healthy eating

6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good? they've enjoyed having something different to normal cos i've gone out of my way to use the device. We tried to make a panini style sandwich with leftovers but on ciabatta. The lid doesn't have the weight to melt everything inside but a toastie works. My dd and dh enjoyed the asian turkey burgers

7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used? Like said above it lacks in features. I suppose its easy to clean because a damp cloth does the job rather than having to chip n scrape at it

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future? As a avid cook there isn't much I haven't cooked. I tried a variety of dishes on this from potatoes, pork chops and toasted sandwiches.

2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far? Best feature is how fast it heats up and how easy it is to clean.

3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it?
-Nothing would make me use more. As a family of 5 I have an 8 burner range with 2 ovens & grill. I am an experienced cook. Whilst this is a fab little product it doesn't match everyday cooking. If you are worried about fat from food oven cook on a wire rack on a oven tray. This hardly removed any fat from the cooking. Although no oil was needed except a little brush of olive oil on potatoes.

4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day? How has the grill helped with this? 1-2 hrs a day.
-The grill was great for little jobs like toasted sandwiches. As we are a large family. Anything I cooked still needed to go in the oven till I cooked the next batch... took much longer than how I would normally cook.

5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time?
-Healthy eating

6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good?
-Aspects are a success but as a whole the grill isn't large enough. We could only cook 2 pork chops at a time. It grilled sliced potatoes nicely too. Again its not big enough. I cook from scratch every day and I would find this more of a nuisance than a help.

7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used?
-How fast it heats up. Although it would be a nice feature to have variable temps, a lock on the handle (as it flops open) and a longer cord too.

Overall this would suit a beginner cook. The family size would be better suit to a couple as it is far to small to cook a full meal on.

preety18 Thu 02-May-13 21:15:30

Non tester.
I'll probably try a to make mozzarella and pesto panini as they are quick and an easy to make, and the children love it and it's also my favourite.

MrsGeologist Fri 03-May-13 12:05:37

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future?

I learnt how to make spring rolls and the apple strudel thins. DH and I also learnt how to make flatbreads and crumpets on the griddle.

2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far?

Best feature is either how easy it is to clean, or how quickly it heats up and cooks food.

3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it?

I'm using it about five times a week, most often because the DCs have sandwiches for lunch, and they like them toasted (yes I know it's not the most inspiring thing to do with it, but it's quick and easy, and it means DS2 can't chuck grated cheese everywhere).

4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day? How has the grill helped with this?

I'm a very slow cook, so if I'm cooking from scratch, it can take 45 minutes to make a stir fry, or something. It does speed up the cooking time.

5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time?

Quick preparation time. I don't like spending ages cooking, I'm far too lazy.
6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good?

We made fajitas last night, and they were amazing, especially making our own tortillas. I've also made sesame crusted salmon, with asparagus, pak choi and noodles, and that went down really well with the DCs.
Nothing has been an abject failure yet, but the omlette I made on the griddle wasn't the prettiest thing I've ever mated, although it tasted fine.

7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used?

I love the griddle. I've always wanted one, and even though we have a teeny kitchen, it's worth it losing the space for the griddle. We are going to see if we can use it like a teppenyaki plate soon.

And if you attended the George Foreman demo day, please also answer:

~ What was your perception of George Foreman Grills prior to the demo day?

Good for cooking steak and paninis and that's about it.

~ How did your perception change from what you experienced on the demo day?

It showed me that if it can be cooked on a grill, or in a pan, it can be cooked on the GF.

~ What did you most enjoy about the day?

Eating lots of lovely food and having a break from the kids

TheSecondComing Fri 03-May-13 13:47:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LackaDAISYcal Sat 04-May-13 00:43:09

Can we have a support thread for filming?

I've had two disastrous attempts where I look and sound like a load of old bollocks. Are we meant to be scaring potential customers away? grin

Rosehassometoes Sat 04-May-13 11:28:21

Non-tester
I would do skewers of garlic, chilli and coriander marinated king prawns or scallops and chorizo chunks on a skewer.

I once asked a friend how she liked her steak.. She replied 'on the George Forman' I've always thought this would be a good slogan!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 04-May-13 11:30:09

lackaDAISY - do you need to channel your inner delia?! smile

ohforfoxsake Sat 04-May-13 14:51:51

I didn't realise the videos were automatically downloaded from the app - I thought I could do a few and select the best. The two i have managed have my kids going on and on and on in the background. I have some butternut squash in a bag ready to be boiled and mashed for pancakes tomorrow, but we have to be out at the crack for a cricket match now. Best laid plans and all that.

I used mine 3 times yesterday - sausages for tea, chicken and chargrilled veg (halo) for my dinner and a bacon and egg butty for DS after match snack. It's great for in between activity food. It is rubbish for cooking dinner for 6 on. 10 portion grill? 10 portions of what exactly?

ohforfoxsake Sat 04-May-13 14:53:05

I want mrs G's fajita recipe please. Seriously impressed with homemade tortillas!

ilove Sat 04-May-13 18:27:07

I'm having a thick moment, trying to work out what to do with my videos!!!

LackaDAISYcal Sat 04-May-13 18:39:11

I was hoping for more of a Nigella vibe Ann grin

I've been practising my pouting and everything wink

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 04-May-13 18:41:38

LackaDAISY - yeah - Nigella rocks....grin

Don't worry all the videos will be edited anyway - please can we have them all in by first thing Tuesday though?

ilove Sat 04-May-13 18:48:41

I've sent mine to you Ann, sorry - stupid things won't upload on the app wotsit

TheSecondComing Sat 04-May-13 21:43:32

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

stephgr Sun 05-May-13 01:00:00

I'd like to use the grill to do some tasty veg I can add to other dishes which may tempt the childrens palates

angell74 Sun 05-May-13 01:18:29

I'm not a tester either but my kids love pizza sandwiches - basically a toasted sandwich with a bit of ketchup, mozzerella cheese, chorizio and basil leaves........ ok I'll admit it I love them too!

MrsGeologist Sun 05-May-13 11:22:12

Offs, we used this recipe. We halved it though and added a bit more butter. I think they are usually made with lard though.
We rolled them out really thin, and then they take maybe 20 seconds on the griddle. There were a few that went a bit wrong, but only because we've never done them before.

TSC was it a full chicken breast? The woman said that it's best to butterfly chicken breasts, so they aren't overdone on the outside.

ataraxia Sun 05-May-13 15:19:13

Non-tester

Not very gourmet, I know, but I bet a George Foreman would make mean cheese and beans toastie!

BadBuddha Sun 05-May-13 16:27:08

I was one of the 10 who received a George Foreman 19570 Family Grill to try out at home but didn't attend the demo day.

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future?

So far I've cooked homemade burgers, chicken breasts and toasted cheese sandwiches. I'm going to try fish fillets and pork chops next..

2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far?

There aren't that many 'features' to speak off - eg no thermostat or temperature control, so it's very easy to use.

3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it?

I've only had it for a week, but in that time I've used it three times. I think I'll probably use it a couple of times a week on average.

4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day? How has the grill helped with this?

I normally spend between half an hour to an hour or so cooking the evening meal. The grill does reduce the cooking time required for burgers and chicken and I would expect other foodstuffs to cook more quickly as well.

5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time?

Healthy eating is a priority, but if this can be done more quickly then this is a massive plus.

6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good?

Both the burgers and chicken breast were lovely - the first batch of burgers were a little overdone as I overestimated how long they would take, but the second lot were perfect. Not yet had anything turn out badly.

7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used?

The main plus for me is how easy the grill is to clean. I love toasted sandwiches but the Breville toaster was relegated to the back of the cupboard because it was such a pain to clean.

Here's the review that I've written for the MN Reviews section, but overall I'm really enjoying using the grill and looking forward to trying many more different ideas and recipes (especially some of those on this thread!) over the next few weeks

I've used this grill a few times now and found it heats up very quickly and is really easy to use and clean. (The latter being very important as the Breville sandwich toaster was relegated to the back of the cupboard for being a PITA to clean!)

I'm surprised that it has no thermostat / temperature control - however it has worked really well for the burgers, toasted sandwiches and chicken breasts that I've used it for so far. You do have to keep checking for 'readiness' though - my first attempt at burgers were a bit overdone as I left it too long before checking them - and I think it will take time and practice to know just how long different foodstuffs take to cook to perfection.

On the down side it feels a little light and isn't as sturdy as I expected it to be. I also thought the cooking area would be a bit bigger than it actually is - although big enough for my family of two adults and a pre-schooler (plus newborn), I don't think it would be large enough for a family four eating adult sized meals...

“I was picked by MNHQ to review this product/ service, which I received for free. This review is in my own words and reflects my true opinion.”

ohforfoxsake Sun 05-May-13 17:59:09

Thanks MrsG - that link takes me to portable clay ovens! grin

MrsGeologist Sun 05-May-13 21:21:08

Oh, whoops. Erm... this one

blush

Coffeechick Mon 06-May-13 09:38:07

I would grill marinated chicken breasts and vegetables like courgettes,aubergines and peppers.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Mon 06-May-13 16:27:20

Sorry - bit late to the party! I'm testing the 19750 Family Grill

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future?

i didn't make the test day so haven't learned anything new. However, there was a good recipe booklet with the grill and I have made the tandoori chicken recipe from that.

2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far?

The Family Grill is pretty simple so no attachments etc. however, the drip tray is useful. However, I would much prefer if it was attached to the grill (with an option for detachment for cleaning. It's quite flimsy and I worry about it being knocked over. I also would prefer detachable plates for cleaning

3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it?

I'm probably using it about twice a week. I think I'll use it more in summer as we tend to have more grilled meat with chicken in the summer. Winter tends to be more stew type meals/pasta etc etc

4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day? How has the grill helped with this?

I spend at least an hour a day cooking - once breakfast, packed lunches are taken in to consideration. I think the grill will help me as I do tend to grill chicken etc for packed lunches etc. Again, that tends to be in the summer. Further, the grill will be useful for toasted sandwiches etc. we don't have them at the moment as we don't have a toasty maker. This was due to thinking it would take up too much room and we wouldn't use it much. However, as the grill is multi-functional, it's less of a problem.

5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time?

Healthy eating

6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good?

I grilled some sausages today which went down well. As has the chicken. Nothing to date has been a problem. However, I'll be interested to see how steaks cook. I'm not sure the grill will be hot enough and any flavoured butter or marinade will just slip off in to the drip tray which isn't ideal.

7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used?

Its simplicity. It's very easy to use and it is multifunctional (see my comment re being out if buying a toasty maker as it takes up quite a lot of room to do just one thing). The recipe booklet is also handy

FadBook Mon 06-May-13 17:00:23

Tested the 19570 Family Grill

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future?

So far I have cooked: chicken breasts, chicken dippers (home made in breadcrumbs), toasties, burgers and vegetables on the grill.

I would like to cook steak, salmon and wraps.

2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far?

I agree with Melliebobs and feel the family grill is lacking in features. The only feature which I would describe as the ‘best’ one is the ability to know when it is hot (the light goes off).

3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it?

I’ve only used the grill 4 times since receiving it 2 weeks ago. To make me use it more regularly, I would want a feature to alter the temperature on the grill. I'm struggling to see it as a better product to use in comparison to using my grill / oven or frying pan with a spray of oil. I will continue to use it and add any further comments before writing it off entirely.

4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day? How has the grill helped with this?

On average, around 30-45 minutes a day.

The grill hasn't reduced the amount of time spent on cooking. Despite the ‘Family size’ grill being deemed a ‘family’ one, it doesn’t have enough room to cook more than 2 meals on it so the oven is still needed to keep things warm. As such, the grill will not save time unless I’m only cooking for myself.

5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time?

Healthy eating is more important to me. Preparation times of the foods I cook are normally spent on the preparing and chopping of food (most things from scratch), not necessarily the cooking.

6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good?

I steamed some corn on a cob and then grilled it after I had cooked the burgers. It gave it a burgery (sp!) and buttery taste which was nicer than just having a boring steamed corn on the cob smile

The burgers cooked did drain a lot of fat and I was surprised at the amount collected in the tray. However, because of the temperature of the grill not being adjustable, the burgers burnt on the outside after only a few minutes, but weren’t quite cooked in the middle (they were thick burgers).

The burger bap that I put on to warm / toast – that tasted lovely.

The chicken dippers were as nice as when I fry/brown them in olive oil in a pan and then oven cook them but they were still edible (downside of being healthier cooking with no oil on the grill).

The vegetables didn't cook right - where the grill bits joined, the peppers burnt. They also slipped off a few times.

7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used?

It is easy to clean.
It heats up very quickly.
The removable tray makes it easy to remove the fat without clogging up the sink (in comparison to a grill pan or frying pan, you tend to put hot water on it to wash, where as with the tray, I used kitchen roll to remove the fat straight in to the bin) <clutches straws at finding the 'best' feature>

As mentioned, I feel the family grill does lack some features, especially the size and lack of adjustable temp. I also dislike that it is slanted (obviously to be able to drain the fat out of the foods cooked) because the foods tend to slid off!

MNPin2013 Tue 07-May-13 15:18:27

The George foreman is a ultra quick way of cooking fresh fish.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 07-May-13 15:47:14

Non tester here. I discovered George Foreman eggy bread the other day. Made the traditional way, it absorbs a LOT of fat. Done in the Foreman, you use none at all and it is delicious! Even more delicious, make a cheese sandwich, dip that in beaten egg, and pop it in the GF. Sublime!

Non tester, I would like to do just plain burgers, onion rings bacon,chicken breasts,mushrooms,peppers & the odd ribeye steak. I don't have time to cook fancy foods ,so a George Forman Grill would suit me fine.

GetKnitted Wed 08-May-13 22:34:15

grilled halloumi on pitta smile

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 09-May-13 09:52:44

The team at George Foreman wanted us to pass on the following message
"We really appreciate your feedback on the grills you have been trying. A couple of you mentioned the grill was a bit small for their family - we do have a massive range of grill sizes available to suit all family sizes with different features - do check out the wider range of grills on www.georgeforeman.co.uk. We're loving the recipes on this thread - so creative - thanks for sharing your thoughts. MN will do the draw for the grill in the next few days"

LackaDAISYcal Thu 09-May-13 13:15:34

I think they have missed the point there Ann about the sizing confused. If it says a five portion grill; I expect it to accommodate five portions of whatever I'm cooking for my family of five! And it doesn't; at best it is a three portion grill based on standard chicken breast/quarter pound burger sizes. I had to cook in 2 or 3 batches and keep things warm whilst doing the others, when it would have been better to have it all ready at the same time.

Granted there are other sizes in the range, but why would someone buy a bigger one, when they believe the one they are buying suits their needs and is going to be big enough based on the information on the box?

Babieseverywhere Thu 09-May-13 14:48:38

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future?
We have cooked crumpets, burgers, sausages and many toasties. I am planning to try salmon and some chicken dishes.

2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far?
Floating hinge is a nice feature and it is pretty machine with a reasonable weight, feeling like a quality product.

3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it?
Bigger size and temperature control. I quickly found this family grill was not big enough to cook '5 portions' as advertised. No way can you fit 5 proper beefburgers or 10 sausages or 5 chicken breasts at one time. As a result we ended up using the grill more for snacky quick meals and eating in shifts…like toasties, which for our family of 6, took three cooking sessions of two toasties at a time.

4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day? How has the grill helped with this?
We have not changed how we eat proper evening meals as we don't use the grill (as we would have to keep grill part of the food and keep this food warm in the oven whilst we grilled the rest of the food…much easier to use the oven grill and cook it all at the same time. But we use the grill a lot for snacks or light meals at weekends.

5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time?
Quick preparation time is more important during the week, with all the after school homework and activities, but healthy eating is more a priority at weekends when we have the time to cook from scratch.

6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good?
Sausages and thin burgers cook lovely on the grill. Shame the thicker burgers wouldn't cook well, burning on the outside and still raw in the middle.

7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used?
I like the way it cooks on both side at once and channels the fat away from the food. Just wish it had a temperature control so thicker food could cook thoroughly.

For us a good benefit is being able to cook for one person in another way. i.e. Cooking myself a salmon steak whilst everyone else in the family are eating something else.

TheSecondComing Thu 09-May-13 16:01:00

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LayMizzRarb Thu 09-May-13 18:54:42

Not a tester, but LOVE the sound of the George Foreman Griddle. Our current (2 yrs old) George is constantly in use. I love cooking fruit on mine, to go with the meat. Grilled pineapple slices to go with the gammon, apple slices to go with Pork lion steaks, and apricot halves to go with grilled duck breast. I never put just meat on the grill, I can always find something else to stick on at the same time; tomato halves, slices of pepper or courgette, mushrooms.

Droflove Sun 12-May-13 09:33:28

Not a tester but wish I was after reading all the things you can cook. I've been wanting a griddle pan for ages but didn't want to invest as it would be occasional use. A GF however has way more uses so is worth it I think. As well as the steaks, marinaded chicken breasts, enchiladas, halloumi etc. that I wanted to do on the griddle, I would be able to do the majority of our weekend breakfast fry up, fish, kebabs, grilled veg, homemade hamburgers, pork loins marinaded in garlic, ginger, soy and sesame oil, paninniis, bruschetta, hot wraps....I need one now that I think about it. I have only come across someone having one once and they raved about it but I was too sick with morning sickness at the time to really listen.

HannahLI Sun 12-May-13 15:34:04

Im not a tester but I would love to use it to grill a tuna steak with a wasabi crust with some summertime veg like cherry tomatoes, red onion, asparagus.

lorka Mon 13-May-13 11:43:20

Not a tester but would love to try one. Now the summer is coming (hopefully) I love to eat salads with lovely fresh fish and chicken so this is what I would be cooking in mine. I love the sound of bruschetta in it too. MMMmm lovely.

mindgone Mon 13-May-13 14:36:39

I was picked by MNHQ to review this product/ service, which I received for free. This review is in my own words and reflects my true opinion.

I have been using the family Grill and Melt with removable plates.

1. What have you learnt to cook with a George Foreman Grill? What would you like to learn to cook in the future?

I have learnt to cook homemade spring rolls, which I never would have imagined I could do on a grill like this. In the future I would just like to experiment more with it.

2. Are there any features of your Grill you would like to know more about? What's the best feature you've discovered so far?

The best feature is definitely the removable plates! This is what has always put me off buying on of these grills before. I love the fact that it heats up so quickly too.

3. What would make you use your Grill more regularly? How many times a week are you using it?

I think a bigger size would be the only thing that would make me use it more. I am using it most days as it is! My big hungry teenage boys are loving their daily paninis!

4. How long do you spend cooking for your family on an average day? How has the grill helped with this?

I probably spend at least an hour cooking for my family most days. The grill has helped with things like salmon steaks, marinated chicken fillets, and burgers. it cooks them so quickly, much quicker than you'd think, and is so much easier to clean than my grill pan!! In fact, I hadn't grilled anything for so long because of this!

5. Generally speaking, which is more important to you: healthy eating or quick preparation time?

Both, each winning occasionally, depending on the day i've had, and what else is going on! But of course, the combo is always good!

6. What have you and your family thought of the meals you have created? What's been a success? And what's not been quite so good?

The family has really enjoyed it too! Paninis, great. Salmon steaks with loads of lemon pepper sprinkled on have been the best thing ever! Veggie burgers straight from the freezer were good. Grilled aubergines were fab. Cheese on toast using the melt function wasn't good, the cheese didn't melt! Steaks, two cooked on George, and two in a grddle pan, griddle pan won, just!

7. What would you say was the best feature or benefit of the George Foreman Grill you have used?

Speed and ease of cleaning.

~ What was your perception of George Foreman Grills prior to the demo day?

Panini maker/sandwich toaster

~ How did your perception change from what you experienced on the demo day?

I realised its amazing versatility.

~ What did you most enjoy about the day?

It was a great day out! Emma, the home economist was great! She demonstrated everything so clearly, but with great fun and humour! Great to meet so many other mums, such a lovely bunch! smile Also, of course, I loved going home with a brand new, free George Foreman grill, which I had always quite fancied!

PS. The timer would be more useful if it switched off the power too.

I would buy this product, but at the moment, with two sons still at home, I would get the larger one I have seen on the George Foreman website. It also has removable plates (a must!), but doesn't have the 'melt' feature, which I didn't find useful anyway.

Blatherskite Wed 15-May-13 16:46:56

One of these grills would be great for Quesadillas.

Quesadilla are a bit like a mexican cross between cheese on toast and a calzone pizza. Pretty much the only standard ingredients in a Quesadilla are tortilla wraps and cheese, anything else is up to you. We like tomatoes, salsa sometimes, mushrooms, peppers, ham, sausage, salami - but you can add anything you like. It's a great clearing out the fridge lunch as you can use whatever you've got in.

Cover half of the tortilla with the cheese and your filling, fold in half and then place in the grill. Once the tortilla is toasted and the cheese is melted, it's ready to be cut into wedges and served.

I do these in a dry frying pan at the moment but having a George Forman grill would definitely make these a lot easier to prepare as I always drop filling as I'm flipping them over. There would be no need with a GF grill.

moonface501 Thu 16-May-13 12:45:45

I love grilling chicken with a spicy coating. It makes the chicken so much more succulent than when you bake or fry and healthy too!

Risha Thu 16-May-13 22:27:36

Not a tester though. Still would love to leave the idea of grilling. " What would you Grill" ??? There is not one specific but there are loads of choices to test the taste. I would have my grilled BBQ chicken with grilled tomato, all coloured pepper and onions as a lovely dinner compliment. Marinated Fish will be grilled now and then to increase the flavour. The most interesting and easiest is cleaning a handy grill and keeping it nice and fresh .. all the time ready for next meal.. rather than digging deep in the oven everytime I grill.

ChocolateOrangeforDd Fri 17-May-13 11:17:30

Not a tester, but would love a grill with removable plates. I would cook Grilled pork and chorizo kebabs on the current Waitrose free recipe cards. It would work amazingly well on the grill!!

Orianne Sun 19-May-13 09:37:27

Not a tester but my favorite is tandoori chicken. I use low fat yoghurt with a spoonful of tandoori paste (I put less for my younger dd as she doesn't like anything too spicy). I marinate some chicken breasts in this mixture then plop onto the grill. I serve with some salad. Delicious meal and healthy too.

Orianne Sun 19-May-13 09:38:00

I second removable plates.

HellcatMomma Sun 19-May-13 17:19:20

Non-tester but I miss my GF grill loads. Used to make sticky BBQ chicken and veg kebabs or haloumi, falafel and grilled red pepper tower burgers topped off with hummus and beetroot. Gorgeous!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 21-May-13 14:02:49

Hello - thanks for all the feedback. Am pleased to say HamletsSister has won the extra Family Grill we had from GF to give away. I will pm you now.

mindgone Tue 21-May-13 23:16:27

Hi AnnMumsnet, any news on video feedback?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 23-May-13 10:50:24

Currently all being processed and video should be up on George Foreman pages soonish. thanks

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now